Starr Cornwall that is, head fromager at The Loft restaurant, located on the fourth floor of the stylish Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach. I was thrilled to pieces when I learned about the cheese program Starr developed for The Loft. First, because I have a ton of family and readers in the O.C. who have gone too long without a great restaurant cheese offering. Second, because here was another individual who had a life before cheese, but who decided to become a dedicated promoter of the artisan gems of the cheese world.
Starr started her career as a caterer and personal chef (for the likes of P. Diddy and Donna Karan no less). Funnily enough it was in the specialty food shops and restaurants in New York where this California native began her love affair with cheese. She headed back west with the drive of a true cheese evangelist, and helped establish an artisan cheese program at The Loft, and established herself in the forefront of cheese service and education on the west coast.
Starr introduced a Cheese Collection Menu, available daily and encompassing four different cheese varieties – goat, blue, soft-ripened and sheep – and an assortment of all four varieties. The Loft also offers cheese education classes, and tasting events. Check them out for me, and post your thoughts right here!
Some advice from Starr for those wanting to know more about the immense subject of cheese: “The most effective way to learn about cheese is to consume it! I eat it and read about it and am never ever bored. Cheese is a fascinating topic, and artisan cheesemaking is truly an art form.”
For more information, contact Montage at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the website at www.montagelagunabeach.com.